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HE Interior Minister praises GCC Customs Union role
8th February, 2017

His Excellency Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa received GCC directors-general of customs on Wednesday. They are attending the 18th meeting of the GCC Customs Union in Bahrain. The meeting was also attended by Customs Affairs President Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

HE the Interior Minister thanked the GCC officials for developing the process of exchanging information and expertise to reinforce customs procedures and facilitate commercial and investment activities, urban expansion and economic growth in the Gulf.

He also praised the role of GCC Customs in facilitating travellers and trade and improving customs security. He affirmed the importance of keeping pace with the latest developments through further cooperation and coordination, to face challenges through unified efforts.

He referred to the decision taken at the Supreme Council’s 37th session on the truck traffic between GCC countries, the developments of direct e-transfer system of customs fees and the results of the meetings of the committee assigned to review a unified customs law.

The GCC officials thanked HE the Interior Minister for his directives and praised Bahrain’s positive involvement through important customs suggestions and successful experiences, as well as high-level cooperation in all security operations. They also expressed gratitude for the hospitality, wishing prosperity to Bahrain.